Reading. A lot of people think it is just words on a paper, trees that have been cut down to form books. These words on a page do so much more than just site there on the page to be read for a class assignment. There are books out there that teach someone something new, and I am not just talking about the textbooks that college students spend hundreds of dollars on every semester, I am talking about the books that tell a fictional story. one that may be completely made up, one that has no bases in the ‘real world’. these fictitious books come from a persons mind, someone who dreams of a world where almost anything can happen.
Reading is an escape from reality. what ever reality you want to escape from. there is no rule that says what kind of reality you have to be in to have the want to escape from. Escaping from a reality where you feel trapped because you don’t know how to tell people that care about you that you cannot do something at the moment or you don’t want to do something. reading and words help express feelings and bring out emotions that may other wise be hard to get out. words on a page are so much more than just that.
One of my favorite others, I say one because I have many, C.S. Lewis says this about reading, “Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. There are mass emotions which heal the wound; but they destroy the privilege. In them our separate selves are pooled and we sink back into sub-individuality. But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like a night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”. Reading brings people together. I can and will talk for hours about books with anyone who will listen. In fact one of the best was to get me to talk is to ask about books.
I Cannot express how much reading can do for a person. sometimes it can be easier to connect with a character in a book than it can be to connect to a real person, and through that fictional character you can begin to better express yourself to those around you. I Personally have have trouble connecting with people, so one way that I, (with my mother’s hep) have found to help that is to read, through that I am able to recognize different things. I also make a point to read all sorts of genre, and styles of books, this gives me something to talk about with people who read. When a day had been particularly rough and I want to be alone but not alone I am able to pick up my book, no matter what it is and know that I can loose myself in that world for hours and feel better when I close the book and return to reality.
Anyone who knows me knows that I will always have a book on me, books give me a sense of security, knowing that I have something to read, makes me happy. I am always looking for a good book to read. I Love taking suggestions for books to read and will add them to my ever growing list. an example of this is, a girl who lives down the hall from me told me about a book series, “Splintered” by A.G. Howard, a different take on Alice in Wonderland. I ended up buying the first book in the series, I really enjoyed it.
Books connect people to those around them in a way that will transcend time, through reading one can feel connected to the past when they read a piece that was written in or is set in another time period. As the Tenth Doctor said, “Books! people never really stop loving books. 52st century. By now you’ve got holovids, direct-to-brain downloads, fiction mist. But you need the smell. The smell of books, Donna. Deep breath!”
So go read a book today they are a cheap way to have and adventure without, danger and without leaving your couch!